Why do Hindus do Idol Worship? A Scientific and Spiritual exploration

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Idols in the Hindu temples are not toys or statues. They are physical bodies which have been energized to vibrate in a certain way such that they impact everything around them. The entire concept and the science behind the idols and their handling is given under Agama Shastra, a tantric scientific methodology that has been perfected over many millenia. The idol as indeed the entire temple becomes a vibrating body that can impact any person that is in the vicinity of the temple. This practice of … [Read more...]

Mahashivaratri: The Night when Yoga happened to the First Yogi

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8.7% of US adults - or 20.4 million - practice yoga.  Another 44.4% of the US adults are "Aspirational Yogis" - those interested in trying yoga.  Unfortunately, Yoga for almost all has remained an exercise, when it could have been a tool for complete transformation of a being.  Today, Americans are spending $10.8 billion on Yoga learning and products (source).  A large market of health and fitness from an ancient tradition that was created towards a very important end.It would be instructive … [Read more...]

Love Jihad in India and Europe – Its Historical and Empirical context and Denial by vested Interests

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In the recent months, Yogi Adityanath has become the target of many in India, who value political correctness over facts.  With his no more than less than half a dozen speeches, he has ruffled the feathers of Indian Secularism so badly that the media - without Dispassionately and independently weighting his assertions - is keen to pronounce him a devil.  In fact the rhetoric of Indian media is so sharp that it almost seems that one cannot even present a view or opinion contrary to the prevalent o … [Read more...]

Hinduism growing in Africa without Proselytizing

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Interestingly, Hinduism is the fastest growing religion in Ghana.  And no one is involved in the business of converting anyone.  Kwesi Anamoah, national president of the African Hindu Temple, discusses the spread of Hinduism within Ghana. "Today, there are 2,000 to 3,000 families worshipping all over the country which is a big increase from the 24 people who participated in the first-ever training camp in 1976 to become disciples.  We have not achieved this through the winning of souls as other … [Read more...]

Hinduism and Quantum Physics: Experiential vs Mathematical view of the Conscious Reality

The official photograph from the 1927 Solvay Conference in Belgium. The greatest collection of brilliant minds ever assembled up to then, and up to present. (Courtesy Flickr/Ted Buracas

When I listen to the debate in the West on Evolution vs Creationism, I am often amused.  Both the ways, heated camps in their own right are either incorrect or incomplete.  For, such a debate is not even possible - nor warranted - in the Eastern Spiritual circles - fashioned as they are by the Dharmic (or Hindu) Spiritual viewpoint.It is true that material world has improved and progressed over the millenia to a point where human beings have reached the peak of existence as it is today.  No m … [Read more...]

Hinduism in China: Influence that goes back many millennia

Li San Long, a resident of Chedian village, offers prayers at the village shrine, which houses a deity that is believed to be one of the goddesses that the Tamil community in Quanzhou worshipped in the 13th century. (Credits: Ananth Krishnan and "The Hindu")

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA once said "India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border."  In Spiritual and Philosophical terms, that is very true.  You can either include the other in yourself by Conquering, or by Embrace.  What Hu Shih talks about was the inclusion by Embrace.For a world which is high on Religion, and which believes that philosophy is central to Spiritual pursuits (which is utter no … [Read more...]

From Hinduism to Sanatana Dharma: A Critical Journey whose time has come

Hinduism is a moniker given by the invaders to the practices that were followed in the land beyond Indus, which they couldn't understand.  Those who had been colored in Beliefs and thought that was the only way to conduct the business of interacting with and seeking the Creator of the Existence - slapped the cloak of belief and its damning impact on unsuspecting people from the sub-continent.  Over the years, the ones with the Belief have rejected those who were Seeking, because they couldn't u … [Read more...]

Massive Ethnic Cleansing of Hindus going on in Bangladesh after purging in Pakistan is almost complete

After Pakistani Hindus have been ethnically cleansed by the Muslims there, now it is the turn of Bangladeshi Hindus.  Many temples and hundreds of houses of Hindus have been vandalized and destroyed. Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad, a group which looks after Hindu temples,said 47 temples and at least 700 Hindu houses had either been torched or vandalised since the verdict against Delwar Hossain Sayedee. And why did it happen Sayedee, vice-president of the country's largest Islamic party … [Read more...]


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